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Summer Storm Hibiscus

Hibiscus 'Summer Storm'

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Summer Storm Hibiscus (Hibiscus 'Summer Storm') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Hibiscus 'Summer Storm' flowers

Hibiscus 'Summer Storm' flowers

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Height:  4 feet

Spacing:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Rose Mallow, Hardy Hibiscus

Description:

Glossy, maple-like, near-black leaves make a bold statement even before the showy, gigantic ruffled pink flowers come into bloom; ideal for the mixed garden border or in mass; do not allow to dry to wilting point

Ornamental Features

Summer Storm Hibiscus features bold pink round flowers with fuchsia eyes at the ends of the stems from mid summer to early fall. Its attractive large glossy oval leaves remain black in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Summer Storm Hibiscus is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects
  • Self-Seeding

Summer Storm Hibiscus is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Summer Storm Hibiscus will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 3 feet apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Garden  Naturalizing 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features